Saturday, 11 September 2010

New York Fashion Week: Fashion's Night Out

I had a great first day at New York fashion week.

I met the fashion police as you can see ...

We caught some cool shows at the Lincoln Center - the new home of NYFW after 17 years at Bryant Park and did our filming for ASOS Tee-V which launches Saturday morning at 8am on

The best part of my day was the ASOS/ Teen Vogue Fashion's Night Out block party where we took over the downtown street where Carrie Bradshaw lives. It's the most beautiful street. I had serious house envy, with all the pretty wrought iron walk-ups and everyone walking their dogs.

I had my picture taken outside Carrie's brownstone. They obviously get a lot of visitors (check out the No Trespassing sign). Such a tourist.

There was an ASOS catwalk with the most gorgeous, smiley models I've seen in a long time.

VV Brown performed, 90210's Shenae Grimes did a DJ set and Henry Holland rocked up to support us. The 1300 goody bags disappeared in the first 20 minutes and people were still begging us for them at the end of the night.

Teen Vogue's editor, Amy Astley was there having a riot.

She's the blond lady in the gorgeous gold sparkley jacket.

And now with jet lag kicking in and a packed day, including Alexander Wang, tomorrow, it's time for an early night. Well, maybe I'll just go and check out the party in the hotel first ...

Friday, 3 September 2010

Corinne Day: An inspiration

I'm sure you've all heard the sad news already that legendary photographer Corinne Day passed away after a long battle with brain cancer last weekend.

Her shots of a young Kate Moss and her subsequent contribution to the deglamorisation of fashion mean she inspired a whole generation of people, me included.

Here are my favourite pictures by her.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The end of summer

The Reading/ Leeds festival bank holiday weekend always signals the end of summer to me. One last blast of sunshine, drinking in the day, lolling around on the grass and listening to your favourite bands as well as some you've never heard of.

Having kicked off the festival season in the middle of the Californian desert at Coachella back in April (lucky me) I've worked out a pretty decent festival wardrobe. Basically that old addage about 'there being no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices' is true. Thanks Dad. You need to have a basic plan and then you add and subtract from it depending on where in the world you are.

So denim shorts and a tee work well in Coachella with gladiators, a straw hat and big sunnies whereas for the middle of a field in Yorkshire you need to add tights, knee socks, Hunter wellingtons, jumper and Barbour jacket.

Here I am sat in the Guest area - thankfully noodle free (they're all over the ground by the mainstage).
Turns out I needed Raybans in Leeds as well as Coachella.

Some girls just have that festival vibe nailed. Here are some of my inspirations ...

It's all in the mix between the expected and the unexpected. A bit of high fashion or vintage thrown into an English heritage practical uniform works every time.

Hope you all had a great bank holiday.